Lake District

View along the tulip walk with an ornate bench visible and the house in the background at Sizergh, Cumbria.

Home of Beatrix Potter, dramatic landscapes and fascinating history.

Early morning walk in the woods at Fell Foot, Cumbria

Where you can visit 

We're starting to reopen some National Trust gardens and parks, as well as car parks, in line with government guidance. You will need to book your visit in advance. In the Lake District, this week you can book visits to Hill Top, Sizergh and Fell Foot. We'll be opening new places when we can, so check back each week.

Places you can visit

View of upper Borrowdale

Explore lakeshores, valleys and fells 

Many of the countryside places that we care for in the Lake District, along with our car parks, have now re-opened. There’s no need to book to visit places like Wasdale, Tarn Hows, or Borrowdale and Derwent Water. We just ask that you come back another time if the car park is full.

Car park sign and four walkers, Seatoller, Cumbria

Lake District car parks 

Whether you’re venturing on to the high fells, exploring the area by boat, going for an amble by a lakeshore, or mountain biking on off road trails, here’s a handy guide to our car parks in the Lake District to help you plan your day.

Lake District history

Podcast: Things That Go Click in The Night

In this episode of the National Trust podcast, presenter Jo Dyson heads to Wasdale in the Lake District to try her hand at some astrophotography on a night time stroll. Please note, this episode was recorded before UK restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus. Please check current guidance before planning any activities.

Looking after the Lakes

A view over two lakes

The 13 valleys of the Lake District World Heritage Site 

The Lakes is home to 13 valleys. Read about the history of each of them, and how they make up the World Heritage Site.